November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and with more than 130 million Americans diagnosed with the disease, it’s likely you know someone or maybe even are part of this group. No matter whether you are new to caring for someone with diabetes or a seasoned veteran, there is always something new to learn to better manage the condition.
These suggestions are easy to implement and will make a world of difference in keeping diabetes in check.
What Steps Can You Take to Improve Life With Diabetes?
- Stay active. Exercise is a key element of keeping blood sugar levels regulated. Talk with the physician for a suggested exercise program, and make certain the person exercises within an hour or so after eating, so blood sugar levels aren’t too low. If attending a fitness class outside of the home, make sure to bring along water, glucose tablets, and snacks that are rich in carbs in the event of an emergency.
- Manage meds. A pill organizer or medication reminder services from a Hearts at Home In-Home Care caregiver will help ensure meds are taken just as prescribed. Remember to stay on top of ordering prescription refills before running too low. Keep a list of all medications being taken, including the dosages and when each is taken. It is important to share this information with all of the person’s specialists and doctors, to avoid any contraindications from new or changed prescriptions.
- Relieve stress. Elevated stress can result in elevated blood sugar levels. When caring for a family member with diabetes, incorporate numerous calming activities throughout each day: taking a warm bath, reading, engaging in enjoyable pastimes and hobbies, listening to favorite music, etc.
- Get a medical ID bracelet. Wearing a necklace or bracelet that indicates the individual has diabetes will ensure the right level of attention in the event of an emergency.
- Partner with a professional. Taking care of a person with diabetes is a complex undertaking. A caregiver from Hearts at Home In-Home Care can help ensure all of a person’s care needs are met at all times, ensuring you are able to take the breaks from care that you need for your own health and wellbeing.
How Can Home Care Help With Keeping Diabetes in Check?
Our care professionals are highly trained and experienced in caring for people who have diabetes, through services such as:
- Grocery shopping, picking up prescriptions, and other errands
- Providing safe transportation and accompaniment to doctors’ appointments, medical tests and procedures, etc.
- Assisting with personal care and hygiene
- Providing support with walking and transfers as needed to prevent a fall
- Offering cheerful companionship to brighten each day
- Preparing wholesome, diabetic-friendly meals
- Watching for any indications of complications and reporting them immediately
- And much more
Contact us online or at 913-440-4209 to learn more about our in-home care for someone you love with diabetes or any other health issue. We are able to make life safer, more comfortable, and much more enjoyable, while promoting independence. Our services are available in Overland Park, KS, Lenexa, Kansas City, MO, and the surrounding areas. Visit our Service Area page to discover if our award-winning in-home care services are available in your community.